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Bishkek Street Art and Graffiti Guide

Bishkek Street Art and Graffiti Guide

Have you ever thought about informal sights of Bishkek? I've classified graffiti and street art created by painters, designers, and townsfolk as those.

Fortunately, street art in Kyrgyz Republic is gradually perceived as art and not vandalism. One can find interesting works of local painters on fences, buildings, abandoned canal in 6th micro-district, transformer vaults, and other free areas.

I've tried to combine street painters creating street art and graffiti in this guide. Unfortunately street art is not that developed in Bishkek and is just starting to ramp up. DOXA Art Group and Basicolors graffiti painters are prominent representatives, whose works can be found on buildings in Bishkek (and sometimes beyond it too). Graffiti artists are creating their works at the following locations: what used to be a swimming pool of the Sports Palace, along Lev Tolstoi street, and abandoned canal in 6th micro-district. Townsfolk is drawing on wall under the bridges on Sovetskaia street and Mira avenue, on garages, and pretty much wherever they like.

So, let's start our guide.

#1. Osh Bazaar Bridge Connecting Two Markets

A work by DOXA Art Group for the 'Trash Festival' public art festival.


A work by DOXA Art Group supported by UNICEF's project on child protection.


Once it used to be a swimming pool of the Sports Palace. Now it's a hangout for street dancers, skaters, BMXers, and, of course, graffiti artists.


A work by DOXA Art Group and Nikolai Cherkasov.


A work by DOXA Art Group.


A work by DOXA Art Group and Evgenii Makshakov aka Chervi.


A work by Basicolors.


A work by DOXA Art Group.


A work by Basicolors.


The work by Basicolors was created within 'I love Bishkek' project supported by Soros Foundation in Kyrgyz Republic, City Development Agency, DAAD Alumni Association, and Bishkek Mayor's Office.


A work by Basicolors.


A work by DOXA Art Group.


Starting with the intersection with Panfilov street along Lev Tolstoi street, one can see a 'street museum' of works created within the festival held by Basicolors.


The work by Basicolors was created within 'I love Bishkek' project.


#15. 3rd Micro-district

A work by Basicolors.


A work by Basicolors.


A work by DOXA Art Group supported by UNICEF's project on child protection.


The work by Basicolors was created within 'I love Bishkek' project.


#19. Abandoned Canal between 5th and 6th Micro-districts

A work by Evgenii Makshakov aka Chervi and Mide Midovskii.

There's also a teaser video of my art work shot at the canal called 'A Museum of Public Space'.


A work by Basicolors.


The works by Paintstream graffiti artists within 'Bright Paints' project supported by Soros Foundation in Kyrgyz Republic.

Many graffiti artists won't tell where you can find their works. This is why there are more locations with their works, which did not make it to this guide or we didn't manage to find. You can send your photos and exact locations for further update of street art and graffiti map of Bishkek to nellyerkin@gmail.com.

But there's one thing I can say for sure — the city is coming to life thanks to the artists like above as well as thanks to the fact that the Mayor's Office, international organisations and business are supporting the development of street art and graffiti. We can't wait to see future interesting works!

Author: Nellya Erkin

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